10 years ago I created the Special Blend Coffee Shop. Special Blend is a student led business that services students with special needs. The program is an established as a student club on a high school campus with a student activities account in the school’s bookstore. I have used this business with students with severe multiple disabilities to moderate to mild disabilities. It is adaptable to every level of student in your class. This is an excellent way to raise funds for your classroom. In 4 years and serving 4 different schools per week I was able to accumulate $4000 in our student club account.
The document INCLUDES.
-Student Club Constitution
-Grading Rubric #1
-Grading Rubric #2
-Food Handling Quiz
The business is a beverage service for staff members only. We provide coffee, ice tea, hot tea, and hot chocolate to staff members twice a week. All drinks are $1.
Special Blend was established to provide realistic transition activities for students with special needs. Students with special needs have a difficult time generalizing skills they learned in the classroom and applying them in the community. Special Blend provides those students with many opportunities to practice those skills in a realistic environment. The program provides hands on training in many different job skill areas:
• Money Skills
• Following Directions
• Following Established Routines
• Maintaining an Appropriate Appearance
o All Students will have work uniforms
• Customer Services Skills
• Appropriate Work Behavior
• Using a Time Card
• Appropriate Workplace Safety Skills
• Inventory Skills
• Purchased the Needed Supplies for the Business